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The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist has been announced and this year carries authors from Spain, Colombia and Argentina. The final list consists of seventeen foreign novels selected from almost 100 submissions of translated fiction published in the UK during 2007 and written by living authors.
Over the last few years we have witnessed the success of some Spanish books turned into films. Among them, “Alatriste”, released in 2006 featuring Viggo Mortensen and based on the novels of the same name by Arturo Pérez Reverte, is very well-known internationally. But it’s not the only one. “Soldados de Salamina” for instance, showed in September 2004 in USA with the title “Soldiers of Salamina”, and it is based on the novel of the same name by Javier Cercas.
María Delgado goes over the full details of the life and works of Federico García Lorca in her new book of the same name as the Spanish poet and dramatist, also remembered as a painter, pianist, and composer.
María Delgado, Latin American poet and writer, professor of Theatre and Screen Arts, and Co-editor of Contemporary Theatre Review, has written “Federico García Lorca” in English and it will be published in March 2008 by Routledge.
Francisco Casavella has been awarded the Nadal Prize, January 2008.
Francisco Casavella, Spanish writer from Barcelona, has been awarded the Nadal Prize on the 6th of January for his novel “Lo que sé de los vampiros”. Set in the 27th century, it tells the story of Martín de Viloalle, a young aristocrat who decides to travel with the Jesuits who were expelled from Spain in 1767 by King Carlos III.